More than 40 percent of the applicants who passed the latest New York fire department exam are minorities.
The state Education Department says the question was reviewed and approved by both the department and a panel of teachers. The question is being tried out and will not count in the students’ scores.
Starting next spring, redesigned tests designed by a new company will be offered to students in the third to eighth grades.
Commissioner Salvatore Cassano says nearly 17,000 people applied to take the test and 15 percent were black — compared with only 8 percent for the last test, in 2007. The overall number of minority applicants stayed steady at 40 percent.
The 2007 recruitment exam for the New York City Fire Department is considered to be discriminatory according to the ruling of a federal judge.
Judge Nicholas Garaufis said his permanent injunction would be lifted if the city agreed to court-proposed hiring methods.
New York City won’t hire any rookie firefighters until a new entry exam is created to replace one that a judge has declared discriminatory.